Colby Covington says beating Lawler has cemented his legacy as ‘the best welterweight in the world’

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Last week former interim champion Colby Covington defeated Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45) at the Prudential Center in a dominating fashion at UFC on ESPN 5 event which took place in Newark, NJ.

Covington dominated Lawler for the full five rounds. He managed to take Lawler down several times throughout the fight and by the latter half of the fight, he even dominated Lawler with his striking. He managed to land over 600 strikes on the 37-year old Lawler.

This was an extremely dominated win for Colby and this win has put him as the front runner for a title shot and he even went as far as saying that this win has cemented his legacy as the best welterweight in the world.

Yeah, it went perfect. Given the circumstances and the adversity I had to face in training camp, not being able to train or take contact because I got a nasty cut on my eye two and a half, three weeks before the fight,” Covington told Cole Shelton of MMA News in a recent interview. “I took the fight on four weeks notice, short-notice. So it went perfect, I didn’t get touched. Flawless, perfect fight, you couldn’t ask for a better fighter against a future first-ballot Hall of Famer. A legend in the game, Robbie Lawler, who defended the title four or five times. ‘Fighter of the Year’ candidate. Everyone was scared to fight him and I went out there and dominated him and showed I’m on a different level.”

It cements my legacy and shows I’m the best welterweight in the world. It shows I’m not just a wrestler and can strike,” he continued. “I set the record for most strikes thrown ever in a UFC fight. I’m in the record books, and that is for all weight classes. No one is ever going to beat my record of 533 strikes thrown. It shows an example. I’m the most well-rounded fighter in the world and there is not a man alive that can deal with what I can put out on the table. Very excited to share it with my team, American Top Team.” (H/T –

Do you guys agree with him? If not then who do you guys think is the best Welterweight in the world?


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